Spoiler Alert: Top 10 movies to see this fall

John Seiler/Sun Star Columnist
Oct. 1, 2013

1. Thor: The Dark World
Director: Alan Taylor
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and Tom Hiddleston
Opening: Nov. 8
Marvel is hitting everything out of the park right now. Iron Man 3 was an amazing follow-up to The Avengers and Thor: The Dark World, looks like it will be too.With the threat of an ancient evil, Thor (Hemsworth) must travel back to Earth to save humanity with the help of the one person who knows about the Dark World, Loki (Hiddleston). Also, with Thor playing a big part of the cosmic movie verse along with Thanos and the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy. I can’t wait to see what Thor adds to this.

2. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Director: Francis Lawrence
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson and Philip Seymour Hoffman
Opening: Nov. 22
I was really surprised by how much I liked the first Hunger Games. Since it was clumped together with the Twilight crowd, I expected the same kind of deal. With bits of Battle Royale and Lord of the Flies, the Hunger Games borrows ideas but made it completely there own with a colorful world yet darker story with some great characters. Unlike other films on this list, I’m going in pretty cold on this one and going to let the movie surprise me.

3. Anchorman: The Legend Continues
Director: Adam McKay
Starring: Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and David Koechner
Opening: Dec. 20
I don’t know if you know, but Ron Burgundy is kind of a big deal. It’s just been a little under a decade since we last saw Ron and the rest of the Channel 4 News Team, but now their moving up to 24 hour news. The first Anchorman is one of the best comedy’s ever because of the writing and comedy sequels almost never live up to there predecessors, but with everybody returning, Anchorman: The Legend Continues has a good shot at it.

4. Gravity
Director: Alfonso Cuaron
Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney
Opening: Oct. 4
What I like about the build up for this film is how much a secret it is. The trailer and TV ads give very little of what its about outside of Bullock and Clooney on a disastrous space mission and I like that. The modern way trailers are put together is that after watching them, sometimes you get the feeling that you saw the entire move and Gravity doesn’t do that. I’ve heard amazing things about Cuaron’s past films like Children of Men and Y Tu Mama También, and Gravity sounds like it it’s predecessors’ footsteps.

5. Oldboy
Director: Spike Lee
Starring: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley and Samuel L. Jackson
Opening: Nov. 27
I love the original, Oldboy. From Korean director Chan-wook Park, the original was about a business man kidnapped of the streets and held captive for 15 years. With no idea why he’s imprisoned, he’s let out and has to discover who put him there and why. The remake from director Spike Lee looks to be built around the same idea but it remains to be seen if the new version will have the grit and twists that made the original so memorable.

6. Carrie
Director: Kimberly Peirce
Starring: Chloe Moretz and Julianne Moore
Opening: Oct. 18
2013 has been a great year for horror films and I hope that this ends the year on a great note. From the director of “Boys Don’t Cry,, Kimberly Peirce looks to put her spin on one of Stephen King’s most famous stories about a girl named Carrie (Moretz), who deals with an abusive mother (Moore) and classmates while also developing special powers. With a story that has been adapted quite a few times, I hope that Peirce brings something that sets this version apart from the other adaptations.

7. Machete Kills
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Starring: Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Charlie Sheen, Antonio Banderas, Lady Gaga, and Mel Gibson
Opening: Oct. 11
I loved the first Machete. Starting off as fake trailer in Robert Rodriguez’s Grindhouse film, Machete got his own film in 2013 and it was absolutely bonkers. The sequel now looks to outdo itself with an amazing cast and amped up action. Like, Lady Gaga is in this movie as a femme fatale character working for the main villain, who’s played by Mel Gibson. This looks next-level-crazy and I can’t wait.

8. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Director: Ben Stiller
Starring: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Sean Penn and Adam Scott
Opening: Dec. 25
First time I heard about this movie was in the theater with some friends. It looked pretty surreal and was blown away by seeing a bunch of actors I love in other films. I was further blown away when I found out it was directed by Ben Stiller who is mostly known for his comedy work directing Zoolander and Tropic Thunder. I have no idea what this movie is or what its about but based on the history and talent of everybody involved, this is going to be something special.

9. 12 Years a Slave
Director: Steve McQueen
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender , Benedict Cumberbatch , Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti and Brad Pitt
Opening: Oct. 18|
One of the bigger films that came out of Toronto Film Festival and is one of the bigger films critics are talking about for Oscar season. Based on an 1853 autobiography by former slave Solomon Northup, the film is about how he was kidnapped in Washington, D.C., after being lured from New York, in 1841 and sold into slavery dispite being a free man. The amount of talented people involved in this movie is crazy and with the amount of buzz it’s getting, I’m looking forward to it.

10. Frozen
Director: Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee
Starring: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Alan Tudyk
Opening: Nov. 27
From the same studio that brought us Tangled and Wreck-It Ralph comes Disney re-imaging of The Snow Queen Story. I don’t know really much about the story of The Snow Queen and the first look trailer isnt really indicative of the main story, but based off of how much I loved Tangled and Ralph, I’m hoping this is also a home run.

John Seiler hosts Spoiler Alert, a radio talk show on KSUA about games, Movies, Comics, Wrestling and TV.

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